Battle of Champions
Battle of Champions

Series: Peasprout Chen Vol. 2   

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Annotation: Returning for her second year at Pearl Famous Academy to master wu liu, Peasprout finds a new rival in Yinmei, the exiled heir to the Shinian throne, and suspects that she is a spy.
Catalog Number: #181447
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 378 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-250-16575-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-16575-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018021022
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Peasprout and her brother return to the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword to study martial arts figure skating in this delightful follow-up to Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword? (2018), but only after making a high-stakes deal with the Chairman. Several changes are in store for Peasprout: she gets to know Doi's brother, the real Hisashi, who brings with him a mysterious new girl with a penchant for keeping secrets; the academy transforms into a military academy; and, along with her classmates, she faces constant fear of invasion. The transition into a military academy is a struggle for Peasprout, but The Change pushes her to become a leader and forces her and her friends to work as a team. Peasprout's little brother is changing, and she struggles with seeing him as more than the little brother she needs to protect. Lien supplies plenty of twists and turns as Peasprout faces her faults and grows to trust her instincts and her friends. An exciting adventure that highlights themes of teamwork and leadership.
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Facing possible deportation, imminent war, and a nest of "usually benevolent but now vicious coiling water dragons," Chen Peasprout and her friends skate into full gear.Entering her second year at Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, Peasprout is still reeling from the discoveries of Book 1—and readers new to the series should start there. Charming classmate Hisashi returns to Pearl with the mysterious Wu Yinmei, allegedly seeking refuge from her great-great-grandmother, the ruthless Shinian Empress Dowager. As the school transforms into a military academy, the three students, along with Peasprout's best friend, Doi, and brainy younger brother, Cricket, join forces (team name: Nobody and the Fire-Chickens) to outwit their classmates and defend Pearl. Lien hits his stride in this second installment, as the series' many narrative threads begin to coalesce. The Asian-inspired fantasy, with its presumably all-Asian (or fantasy equivalent) cast, takes on weighty and relevant questions of gender, ability, leadership, immigration, conservation of natural resources, national identity, and political change with intelligence, deftness, and precision. Romances, including one between two girls, are realistically awkward (but maybe less realistically chaste—though they are still in their early teens) while the friendships, sibling relationships, and rivalries continue to provide the story's emotional core. And Peasprout is its snarky, brilliant, hilarious, and utterly human heart. Readers, who have to wait for the next volume to see what happens next, will echo one of Peasprout's favorite imprecations: "Ten thousand years of stomach gas."A riveting second act. (Fantasy. 10-14)
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Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 5-9

Now in her Second Year at Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, Peasprout Chen expects the world to be at her toe pick. But with the new year comes new competition, and Peasprout's dreams are thwarted by an impressive transfer student. Yingmei is the heir to the Shinian throne and has fled her country for Pearl. As the new girl excels both academically and socially, Peasprout's jealousy turns into suspicion. When the Empress of Shin declares an invasion on the city of Pearl, Peasprout knows time is running out. To keep her enemy close, Peasprout joins Yingmei's "battleband," a team that executes elaborate skating configurations that are part spectacle, part defensive attack. Once again, Peasprout must rely on her wits and wu liu skills to save her beloved new home.

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